When you’re going out of town, it’s hard to know just what you’re getting yourself into, hotel-wise. The hotel website doesn’t always help, either. Marketing photos can make any hotel look like the Taj Mahal, so the smart traveler needs to remain wary of promises that sound too good to be true. Because … guess what … they probably are.
But fear not, young travel warrior! Travel Channel and Oyster.com are here to help you spot those common marketing ploys. Don’t forget – Photoshop and a little cropping can work wonders. (Keep that in mind for those beach photos …).
By Troy Petenbrink
On this day in 1899, a legendary writer (and traveler) was born.
While many cities around the world—from Paris to Cuba and Kenya to Idaho—can and do lay claim to Hemingway, the writer’s imprint is most prominent in Florida’s bohemian city of Key West.
On a friend’s recommendation, Hemingway and his second wife Pauline Pfeiffer (not to be confused with his first, third or fourth wife) visited Key West in 1928. He immediately fell in love with the island and the island with him. He would call Key West home for the next decade.
“It’s the best place I’ve ever been anytime, anywhere, flowers, tamarind trees, guava trees, coconut palms…Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks.” – Ernest Hemingway
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
Discovery aired an Animal Planet documentary this past weekend called Mermaids: The Body Found. Unfortunately, a mermaid body has not been found, despite many internet crawlers’ assumptions. But cheer up, Ariel — here are some ways you can travel like a mermaid (and, no, it doesn’t involve growing a tail).
Eat Like a Mermaid
*Dine lakeside on fresh seafood at the Mermaid Café in Mississippi.
*Enjoy the eclectic atmosphere as you fill up on Floridian cuisine under the sea-green tin roof of the Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant on Anna Maria island in Florida.
Summer Hull of the blog Mommy Points shows us how to take advantage of travel rewards points and miles to make the most of our vacation dollars with her new Travel Channel web series. By breaking down the often-complicated frequent-flyer programs out there, Summer makes it easy for anyone to redeem miles and points in exchange for memorable family vacations.
Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. And lucky for us and the 90% of Americans who are ice cream lovers, today is National Ice Cream Day! We want to help you celebrate this most appetizing of summer holidays with tips on where to find the very best places for a bowl (or cone!) of the creamy stuff. Sure, you could have your own ice cream social, but there are a few events happening around the country that might spark your appetite for some chilled confections.
We’re in the midst of summer and that means one thing: time for family vacations. Well, cookouts, too, but it’s mostly a chance for busy families to pause and spend precious moments together in between the routines of a normally hectic schedule.
But with endless possibilities for family getaways, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the prospect of schlepping the kids somewhere new. Travel Channel is here to make it easy on you with tips to plan a trip everyone can enjoy.
Want to avoid the hassle of airports while having a little more control over your budget? There’s a reason why road trips are a classic family adventure — read our tips on road-trippin’ in the US.
The Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC) recently conducted a survey that found that 1 in 5 (adult) Americans admit to peeing in the pool and 7 in 10 admit to skipping the shower before swimming – even though 93% of Americans claimed they would never reuse someone else’s bath water. Is there a difference? READ MORE
Lately, we at Travel Channel have been getting hooked on Pinterest. This social network’s pinboard-community format is excellent for finding and sharing travel inspiration and planning vacations. Here’s our Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/travelchannel
If you’ve got a case of wanderlust like we do, Pinterest is great for finding interesting destinations to visit, things to do, fun travel tips and tools, and lots more. To start, we’ve been pinning some of our favorite travel photos, quotes, destinations and travel activities that are on our “bucket list,” ideas for future trips, and we’ve also been repinning travel photos that we love from other Pinterest users. Here are some of our other favorite travelers on Pinterest:
Croft Global Travel
Some of our sister networks are on Pinterest too – you can follow Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, and DIY Network for all kinds of home & food inspiration. We hope you’ll follow us and join in the travel fun on Pinterest!
Tonight at 9|8 c, catch an all-new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. With only 32 hours before his flight out, Tony takes the Eternal City by storm. Watch as he embarks on a high-speed tour of the city’s sights in a classic Fiat 500, gets a lesson in Italian breakfast etiquette and challenges a Roman chef to make a Hawaiian pizza that Tony actually enjoys. Also, learn all about Rome from the people who know it best: the locals.
Don’t worry about making note of all the pizzerias, salumerias and gelaterias that Tony visits and recommends in the show. If you want to replicate his trip, just take a look at our Episode & Travel Guide and read through our selection of Tony’s travel tips from the episode.
For an extra dose of Tony after the show, check out this missing scene in which he rants about airport security inefficiency.